I am not at all surprised this brilliant young scientist won! Her remarkable project was the first one I reviewed for this year, and I was struck by its simplicity and the amazing potential it has to improve the lives of farmers around the globe adapt to increasingly dry conditions. When asked what could she make better with science, she looked around her and saw poor farmers struggling to bring in enough crops to stay in business, and she wondered if there was something she could do to help.
In her project "Combating Drought with a Low-Cost, Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymer Made Out of Orange Peels," she shares her research looking for a low-cost, biodegradable, water-storing polymer that can be added to the soil to help retain moisture during periods of drought.
"I sought to create a product that can improve soil quality, preserve water and resist drought therefore producing a better environment for crops grow. It is must be harmless and non-polluting with super water absorbing ability and water preserving ability."Like all of this year's contestants, she followed her natural curiosity and used her scientific know-how to figure out a way to make something better, and in the process discovered something pretty remarkable that can have a long-lasting impact on the environment as well as the lives of people around the world.
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